Login  |  Register

UTS researchers trial new ORC

Date Updated:

ORC project manager Emily Allen

A new standard observation and response chart could provide better patient outcomes in Australian hospitals.
University of Technology Sydney researchers will pilot the observation and response chart (ORC) at 10 health care sites across Australia, ranging from metropolitan hospitals to rural area health services, after receiving $563,000 in funding from the Australian Commission for Safety and Quality in Health Care.
The new chart aims to improve the way patient deterioration and medical emergencies are managed.
Project director Professor Doug Elliott said the ORC would provide clear and concise information for hospital staff to respond to changes in a patient’s condition, based on their signs and symptoms.
The chart will feature a range of criteria, allowing staff to choose from a series of pre-defined responses.
"Unlike current observational charts, the benefit of these new ORCs is that the escalation process is clearly displayed on the form," he said. 
"When a patient shows signs of clinical deterioration, the form provides a simple guide to actions that need to be taken in response."
The pilot project, due for completion in June next year, will test five ORC versions and could be the beginning of a new standardised ORC chart for clinical health care settings.
ORC project manager Emily Allen said after the trial, the charts would be available to all Australian hospitals interested in introducing an evidence-based observation and response chart.
"Early recognition of clinical deterioration along with prompt and effective action can reduce the occurrence of adverse events which in turn could have a significant impact on improving patient outcomes within the health care sector," she said.
"The Observation and Response Chart project is an essential piece of research that will help us understand how effective the ORC is in the clinical environment."
Share your thoughts
Like NCAH on Facebook

Featured Jobs

Director of Nursing

Queensland Health Toowoomba - (23-07-2014)


As the Director of Nursing - Education and Research you will provide strategic direction and leadership to the nurse and midwifery educators as well as design, develop, implement and evaluate the Educational Framework


Executive Director Nursing and Midwifery

Queensland Health Toowoomba - (23-07-2014)


You will be a dynamic, strategic Executive who will lead the nursing services of the Hospital and Health Service (HHS) and will maximise the potential of the nursing profession to enhance health outcomes.


Physiotherapist/Occupational Therapist

RSL LifeCare Sydney North - (18-07-2014)


As a leading aged care provider, our investment in caring for Veterans and seniors has led to our growth across New South Wales. RSL ANZAC Village, Narrabeen have positions available for you!
You will enjoy benefits, including an excellent salary package, ongoing professional development and the opportunity to participate in leading edge aged care research in conjunction with the Australian Catholic University. You also get to make a difference caring for those who have served our country.


Related job opportunities

Director of Nursing
Queensland Health


Enrolled Nurse
Edmen Community Staffing Solutions


Registered Nurse Bugalwena General Practice
North Coast NSW Medicare Local


Registered Nurses
Southern Health


Enrolled Nurse, Endorsed
Southern Health


Registered/Enrolled Nurses
Southern Health


Search more opportunities